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Martinique® Belgian Linen Pillow

  • About Martinique®, the pattern The Original Banana Leaf Print. Upon returning from vacation in the South Seas in 1942, Remy & Lucile Chatain sought to recreate not just the rich visual landscapes they had experienced in the tropics, but the sense of lushness and exuberance those sights had filled them with, too.

    Together with their friend, noted illustrator and textile designer Albert Stockdale, they designed a large-scale botanical pattern to recapture and evoke those feelings, and mounted it in their showroom.

    When Don Loper, the well-known apparel and interior designer tasked with the Beverly Hills Hotel redesign came into their showroom, he knew he’d found the look he wanted. He re-created the Chatains’ mural-style installation he’d seen at the showroom, and expanded it to fit the corridors of the hotel. The result? An ageless icon.

    For over 75 years, we have proudly been the sole producer of the authentic Martinique® banana leaf fabric and wallpaper. Accept no substitutes.

    About Martinique®, the pillow All of the pillows in our Belgian Linen collection are made to order in Los Angeles, California. The fabrics are printed in small batches by hand by our partners at a family-owned facility on the finest (and softest) Belgian Linen, and your pillows will be cut and sewn to order just a mile down the road from there by another family-owned workshop. We've been working with both of these partners for over a decade because they're simply the best at what they do.

TOP BANANA: Architectural Digest

The story of our legendary banana leaf pattern, as featured in AD's monthly "Object Lesson" column, which tells the stories of iconic designs.

Written by Hannah Martin
Architectural Digest, April 2019